India in England 2014 August 3, 2014

Rest balance a challenge for Jordan


Chris Jordan has admitted he will have to find a way to adjust to periods of downtime when he is rested by England to ensure he gives himself the best chance of hitting the ground running when called upon.

Jordan was brought back into the England side for the third Investec Test at the Ageas Bowl but went wicketless in the match. It followed a period since the second Test against Sri Lanka at Headingley - where he also failed to register a scalp - where he had played just two matches for Sussex in a month; a T20 against Kent and a Championship match against Warwickshire.

As in the match against Warwickshire, where he impressed in the second innings with a three-wicket new-ball burst, Jordan said he felt more comfortable during the Test last week once he had got a few spells under his belt. His five overs in the second innings were his most probing of the match.

"It is a tough balance, but at the end of the day that's the job of international cricket. When you are around the squad you don't always play and you don't get that many windows to go back and play for your county," he told ESPNcricinfo. "I'm the sort of the bowler who likes to stay in rhythm but if I want to be successful at this level I have to find a way of adjusting and make sure I'm in good stead when I do get a call."

However, although he struggled for consistency in the first innings - where he finished with none for 59 in 17 overs - Jordan said he never became down on himself.

"Personally, in the first innings, I didn't bowl as well as I would have liked but it was nothing I got too down about. I thought about it a bit and bowled a much better spell in the second innings."

Jordan's Test career is just three matches old after his debut against Sri Lanka at Lord's but he said it was "overwhelming" to secure a first victory as England levelled the series with their 266-run success at the Ageas Bowl.

"To get the win the way we did was very special and a moment I'll remember for a while. I felt that performance at Southampton had been building. We'd been getting close in previous matches but weren't able to close it out but you couldn't have asked for much more last week. We won every big moment of the game. But we need to stay grounded at Old Trafford, it was just one performance and we must back it up."

When he was not bowling at the Ageas Bowl, Jordan spent most of his time at slip - where he snaffled a superb catch off Moeen Ali to remove Cheteshwar Pujara in India's second innings - so had one of the best views in the house to watch as James Anderson produced a Man-of-the-Match display. He is trying to soak in everything he can from England's senior quicks to develop his own game.

"I've learnt something in every game I've played, even just in the practice sessions. I just try to absorb as much as I can. I'm nowhere near the finished product but hopefully I'm not too far away."

Jordan's chances of retaining his place for the fourth Test at Old Trafford may have improved with the news that Liam Plunkett has been ruled out with an ankle injury. He has fond memories of his last appearance at the ground when he helped skittle Sri Lanka for 67 in the one-day international earlier this season with figures of 5 for 29.

"It was a wicket I really enjoyed in the ODI," he said, "so if I get the nod I have good memories so hopefully it will be more of the same."

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Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Steve on August 5, 2014, 0:16 GMT

    Jordan looked completely out of place in the 3rd test. He is definitely not for tests. Unless Bresnan is injured, he should be played. If I can recall, Ind didn't do well against him on their last visit.

  • Sachit on August 4, 2014, 10:34 GMT

    I still believe Eng should go with Chris Tremlett rather than Stokes or Jordan as third/fourth bowler.

  • Kuldeep on August 4, 2014, 8:05 GMT

    at the moment he seems more suited to odis and t20s, but lets hope with time and experience he becomes an asset for tests

  • Graem on August 4, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    A couple of points about Jordan; He did not come into the last Test uncooked as many have suggested - he bowled 40 overs in that match against Warwickshire in which Woakes also played. Secondly, some people in the media had got carried away with how good Jordan is, one respected journalist on the eve of the last Test match described him as "the best new ball bowler in England". Even excluding Test regulars like Anderson and Broad, this is a questionable statement. Jordan has many assetts but specifically with the new ball, Woakes at the least would be ahead of him. And that is a view from a Sussex man.

  • Richard on August 4, 2014, 7:19 GMT

    A rhythm bowler ? ... I have rarely seen a less rhythmical bowler. "Nowhere near the finished product" , "but not too far away". ?? A total non-sequitur. Anyway, please can someone tell me why someone is bowling for ENG if he is nowhere near the finished product. I continue to scratch my head about some of the stuff these guys say in interviews.

  • John on August 4, 2014, 4:19 GMT

    I really like Jordan and I think he has a lot of potential, but at this stage of his career I'd rather see him bowling for his county than in the England nets. Even though he's a few months older than Chris Woakes he has much less experience (65 FC matches to Woakes' 99) and he's still struggling for rhythm in his run-up. Without it his pace is down, his control is poor and he doesn't move the ball laterally.

    Give him the rest of the Summer playing county cricket ad he'll be right there in the mix for next year's Ashes.

  • Anthony on August 3, 2014, 20:35 GMT

    As I mentioned during the World T20 matches earlier this year, I do not rate Jordan and Gurney as Test class bowlers. Bring back Steve Finn even if Plunkett was fit, and the sooner the better for England.

  • a on August 3, 2014, 19:27 GMT

    R U 4 REAL NICK - you forget it is not long since Plunkett had 9 in a game. Jordan had 5 in his first then dried up for two games. His run up looks more like a bit of an amble but that has been true of good bowlers before and may be partly down to rythm not being great. Jimmyvida you are wrong to write him off. He has a record of explosive wicket taking spells in first class matches and has performed well in ODIs, his batting is handy, fielding outstanding and he is only mid 20s. These guys along with Finn, Woakes, Stokes all need to feel the love of management as they are a key part of the test mix for a number of years to come

  • Channan on August 3, 2014, 17:18 GMT

    Jordan is not test material, plain and simple.

  • Nicholas on August 3, 2014, 17:12 GMT

    He wasn't amongst the wickets last game, but man that was great catch at slip to remove the dangerous Pujara. If this series has taught us anything, one of the things I'd vote for is how important it is to fill your slips with your best catchers. There's little between Jordan and Plunkett, but both players need to find a way of contributing more in the wickets tally. As I said in the other article re. Finn, I doubt we'll see him next game, but am looking forward to seeing how/what he does if/when he next gets his chance.

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